Frauen in der Logistik - Ursachenforschung zum geringen Anteil an Frauen mit Führungsfunktion in der Logistik- und Transportbranche

Sylvia Ertl

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The Austrian economy is characterised by a very low proportion of women in leading
positions. Although women's employment is as high as never before and women are
very well-trained, top management consists predominantly of male executives. There is
no progress with regard to a balanced proportion during the last fifteen years. In some
industries, as logistics and information technology, the percentage to women in leading
positions is particularly low. The diploma thesis includes causal research regarding the
low proportion of women in leading positions in logistics and the transport industry. The
aim of the paper is to find out if the responsible factors are within the industry sector,
the economic system or they are gender related. At first, a theoretical framework of the
concept of logistics management, human resource development and gender mainstreaming
which has impacts on career developments of the employees in logistics, is
provided, followed by an analysis of the contemporary situation of women in the Austrian
economy, especially in logistics. Subsequently, a qualitative research was conducted.
Different experts of the transport industry, such as university professors, human
resource managers and employees, have been consulted. The evaluation of the
interviews shows that 1) the acceptance of female managers is low, 2) it is difficult to
set up a work-life-balance for working mums, 3) sociopolitical conditions disadvance
women 4) the knowledge about gender mainstreaming is low and 5) some female employees
have low self-esteem. Concluding, the final results are summarized and recommendations
are presented. (author's abstract)
Original languageGerman (Austria)
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherInstitut für Transportwirtschaft und Logistik, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameSchriftenreihe des Instituts für Transportwirtschaft und Logistik - Logistik

WU Working Paper Series

  • Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Transportwirtschaft und Logistik - Logistik

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